It's 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, and I've just finished my first cup of coffee and fried up some bacon for us to have when wife wakes up. We both slept in, but she needs the extra rest more than I. We've endured an exhausting couple of weeks, starting with a delightful trip to Fall Creek Falls State Park for my birthday/Valentine's Day. Fun, but exhausting.
Then last weekend as we were recuperating from that trip and starting to unpack, we got the call from Florida that wife's favorite uncle had just passed away. So on Monday we packed up and made the 500-mile trip down for the funeral, which happened at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. We didn't leave until 3:30 and drove 8 hours through driving rain a good bit of the way to get home about midnight. I had to get up and go to work on Thursday and Friday, so the house is a wreck with two trips' worth of stuff waiting to be washed and put away.
We're also going to make a trip later this morning to AAA to get maps and a TripTik for wife's upcoming voyage to Florida. This time the trip is for a vacation with a girlfriend and her girlfriend's mother. I'll be okay here - I need to get taxes done anyway. Plus, it's always more romantic when we reunite after being separated for a time. This will be our longest separation since we've been married. She really needs the break, and I can't think of anything more relaxing than walking on the beach looking for shells, watching the sunrise and sunset over the water and gazing at the long expanse of Gulf stretching out the horizon. We don't get those long views here in the hills of Middle Tennessee.